Week in Review 10.24.14


(Scroll down for TWO Foo Fighters songs from Sonic Highways.)

Hand to God Coming to Broadway

After an acclaimed and extended run off-Broadway at MCC, Robert Askins's Hand to God will be produced on Broadway this spring. The play focuses on Jason, who finds "an outlet for his burgeoning creativity at the Christian Puppet Ministry..." Things take an interesting and provocative turn when Jason's puppet, Tyrone, "takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own." The Broadway bow will feature the MCC cast: Steven Boyer (Modern Terrorism) as Jason, and Geneva Carr, Marc Kudisch (On a Clear Day lab), Sarah Stiles (On a Clear Day) and Michael Oberholtzer in featured roles. Director Mortiz von Stuelpnagel will reprise his work for Broadway. Previews begin March 12, 2015, with opening night set for April 7. Hand to God will play the Booth Theatre. Playbill has more.

Casting News

Off-Broadway—I'm not Neil LaBute's biggest fan, but I am excited for Thomas Sadoski (Other Desert Cities, The Newsroom) to star in the world premiere of his play, The Way We Get By, being presented at Second Stage this spring. Sadoski will be joined by Orphan Black sensation Tatiana Maslany. Previews will begin on May 12, 2015, and performance run through June 28. Leigh Silverman (Violet) directs. Broadway.com has more.

Broadway—Additional casting has been announced for Roundabout's revival of On the Twentieth Century. Joining the previously announced Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher are Tony nominee Andy Karl (Rocky), Mark Linn-Baker (You Can't Take it With You), Tony winner Michael McGrath (Nice Work if You Can Get It) and Mary Louise Wilson (Grey Gardens). The Comden + Green and Cy Coleman musical, directed by Scott Ellis (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) begins previews on February 12, 2015, with opening night set for March 12. The limited engagement will conclude on July 5. Broadway.com has more.

TVLeslie Jones, who has been writing for SNL since January, is now a cast member on the sketch show. Jones has appeared in Weekend Update segments, and also in a couple of sketches, including a pre-taped commercial parody in the most recent episode. Jones announced the good news on Twitter. Congratulations to the funny and spirited performer.

FilmTopher Grace (That '70s Show, Lonely I'm Not) will star in One Shot, a movie musical about a failed Broadway star moonlighting as a stage manager while trying to win back his girlfriend. Grace is also an executive producer on the flick. Playbill has more.

TVTony nominee Jeremy Shamos (Clybourne Park, Dinner with Friends) will join the cast of Nurse Jackie in a recurring role. The seventh and final season the Edie Falco-led series is filming in New York. Deadline has more.

Off-BroadwayTony nominee Reed Birney (Circle Mirror Transformation, Casa Valentina) and Betty Gilpin (We Live Here, Nurse Jackie) will headline the Atlantic Theater Company's production of I'm Gonna Pray for You So Hard, a new play from actress-writer Halley Feiffer (The Substance of Fire, Tigers Be Still). Previews begin January 7, 2015, with opening night set for January 20. The limited engagement, directed by Trip Cullman (Murder Ballad), will conclude on February 15. Broadway.com has more.

FilmOscar winner Christian Bale (The Fighter, American Hustle) will star as Steve Jobs in the Aaron Sorkin-penned biopic. Bale comes aboard after some reshuffling, including Sorkin's The Social Network collaborator, director David Fincher, bowing out and Danny Boyle (127 Hours) stepping in. The Hollywood Reporter has more.

Foo Fighters: "Something from Nothing"

Did you catch the premiere episode of Foo Fighters' Sonic Highways? The first episode saw the band in Chicago, where they came up with "Something from Nothing," the first single from the album. Watch below to see the video, as it appeared on the series. Right below that is the just-released audio of the second single, "The Feast and The Famine," inspired by Washington, DC. And be sure to tune into 60 Minutes this Sunday night; Foo Fighters will be featured in a segment. (And head to the Washington Post for an interview with Dave Grohl, who talks about returning to DC for the second episode. Grohl notes the impetus for the series is to communicate "the regional relevance of music and how a specific sound comes from a specific place.")




Award Season Buzz

  • Nominees for the Gotham Independent Film Awards were announced this week, with nods for critical favorites Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel (saw it; liked it); and Birdman. The Wrap has the full list of nominees. Winners will be announced and honored on December 1.

  • The Film Independent Spirit Awards will be broadcast live and in full, rather than delayed and edited. Nominees will be announced on November 25, and the ceremony will take place on February 21, 2015, beginning at 5pm EST. The Wrap has more.

  • Gold Derby wonders whether Oscar will look kindly on some young contenders, especially Tony winner Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables, Red), who is drawing raves for his performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.
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